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Mobile Home Girl

by Dave Manning

Like a Tom Waits Wanna-be meets a clandestine Bruce Springsteen impersonator and they get together with Kris Kristoferson to try to change the engine in a '65 VW Microbus.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Hey
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2. Mobile Home Girl
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3. Springtime in Nebraska
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4. One of Those Days
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5. The Old Pub
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6. The Wierd Al Song
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7. The Dance Floor Ain't the Same
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8. Pocahontas, Iowa
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9. Joe's Song
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10. The Whiskey Bottle Was Opened
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11. Suicide On the Hillside
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12. Let's Roll the Windows Down
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13. She Wants It All
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14. Across the Plains
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15. Heaven And Earth Recordings
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Album Notes
"Anchorage has its own Tom Waits."
"The album is a treat from beginning to end."
----The Anchorage Press

Call (775) 530 8722 for details on any show.

Dave is currently ramblin' all over Western North America in his 1965 VW Microbus. And yes, he is looking for VW parts. Dave Manning has songs to sing and stories to tell from his years on the road. Dave is gearing up to be the next folk legend right behind the likes of Ramblin' Jack, Guy Clark, and of course Arlo Guthrie (who autographed his microbus last year.)

At the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau last year he brought down the house with his version of the Hokey Pokey. In Dave's version, fattening up the corporate hogs is "what it's all about." After the song, hundreds rose to their feet sending Dave off with one of only two standing ovations of the evening, and the only one for a singer-songwriter. His song was soon the talk of the town. To learn More about the Political Pokey, and Dave's upcomming album: The Northland: click on Email.

Dave is a two-time finalist in the Alaska Song of the Year Contest in the "Alaska Songs" category. He also received an honorable mention in the 2001 Anchorage Press "Picks" for his excellent songwriting. Dave has opened for noteables like Dan Bern, James Mathus, the lead singer of the Squirrel Nut Zippers; and Jazz piano legend Mose Allison.

Dave is spending 2005 on the road touring. Look for "Vincent" his '65 Microbus out on the two lane roads. In a time where the traveling storyteller and songwriter has long been replaced by television and Karaoke, Dave is still out there with the last of them. Cruising at a lazy 50mph and playing in a different town every few days, Dave isn't afraid of "paying his dues." His bus is full of stories of the road from AK to the high deserts of Nevada and everywhere between.

"Mobile Home Girl" showcases his quality songs (and his interest in trashy women). The album also has depth and dimension way beyond the trailer park. The album is really a collection of stories from London to North Carolina, and Nebraska to Alaska. Dave's day job as a documentary videographer for Heartbeat Alaska; a show specializing in bush Alaska, allows him into the lives of amazing people from all over the North. You may have seen his work on PBS, ABC, CBS, FOX and the Discovery Channel. The people and places he sees first hand ring out in his songs, (sometimes they don't tell you the whole story on TV.)

Dave's voice is most often compared to Tom Waits, and his style on the piano varies widely from soulful ballads to blues, country to boogie-woogie. Dave's musical career started in the fourth grade when he played the clarinet like a coyote in heat... but he's had a lot of time to improve since then. His set list for live shows includes a cornucopia of great tunes from artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Kristoferson, Woody Guthrie, John Prine and (Bob Dylan (but who doesn't do Dylan...) He is also an award-winning published poet...and with a little prompting may do a few numbers without the piano at his shows.

Oh, and here's Dave's own description of his work from the back of the CD:

A lot of people say I sound like Tom Waits. They say: " you sound like Tom Waits." I say: "Who's Tom Waits?" Then they give me this weird look. Some other people ask me if my piano gets heavy. They say: "Doesn't that thing get heavy?" I say: "It doesn't get heavy...it's still heavy from the last time." Then they call me a smart ass. That's pretty accurate. But I make good music too; music that takes you places. I kept the arrangements on this album pretty bare bones; just the piano and me most of the time. But then, I always admired the simple stuff, the raw stuff, the stuff where you really know they mean what they're singin'. I mean what I'm singin' and if you like the sound of a good piano, and a soulful voice (or two) you're in for a treat. I write quality songs, I have fun singin' out and I'm a smart ass. If you don't like it I'll give you're money back.

Safe Travels,

Dave Manning



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My feet are cold
This CD reminded me never to judge an entire genre of music. As soon as I say something like "I don't like country music" invariably, some brilliant musician like Dave will come along and knock my socks off. It's sweet and charming with a slightly twisted wit; lovely and lyrical with unexpected complexity. Kinda like Dave...

Anchorage Press

This Album is a treat from beginning to end.

Anchorage Daily News

Dave's music gives you the distinct feeling of being in a smokey bar sometime be

Patricia Walsh

Songs Sung Low and Slow
A whisky voice and an acoustic piano. A Mobile Home Girl in a mobile home world. Can't make it out to your favorite pub tonight? Then pour yourself a drink and put on a Dave Manning CD. You'll just feel better.

DJ. Ndo KBGA College Radio

Defying the norm of music today, Dave takes us on back to the past, present and
Mobile Home Girl takes the listner into a new realm of musicianship, while rooted styles of the past mix with present and future; Dave Manning keeps your interest with soul filled licks, and kisses you goodnight and breaks up with you at the same time. Worth the spin.

Kris from MN

Great tunes, and a really nice guy!
I first heard Dave's music when he lent me his CD last summer. I got to hang out with him several evenings, even got to help work on his '64 VW over a couple beers.
He is a great musician, and a wonderful human. I only wish I could've stayed in Alaska longer to get to know him better. A class act all the way!

Cheri Snook

John Wayne on the piano..
Each song has a story of comedy,compassion and heart. A visualization
of a great road trip with your best friend. In his micro-bus.

Josh Howitt

Yippe Doo Da, Yeah!
Love your music, Dave! And your stage presence is outta sight. I sure had fun watching you and Shawn play in Nevada City and again in Davis. That Davis show cracked me up. You guys put on a real strong performance despite a Very Challenging situation!!!

Take care and have fun!


PS: Dave's cd is great. And he's great to watch too!

Jayme Kelly Curtis

Completely Smitten!
I heard Dave Manning at the 2005 Fall Strawberry Music Festival and was immediately SMITTEN with his highly original, funny, sweet tales of the road. This is a young artist who is going places and is VERY worthy of your support. Hear him live if you can, then buy the CD.


I heard the CD and just had to have it! I searched everywhere to find it, but CD Baby came through! Excellent album & excellent service! *****stars!!
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